What I Miss Out On Not Living in Boston and/or Not Giving a Crap About Sports

Stuff like this:

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I still think it’s funny, however.

Hat tip to Deb Geisler.

By John Scalzi

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37 replies on “What I Miss Out On Not Living in Boston and/or Not Giving a Crap About Sports”

“Yankees suck” is, as far as I can tell, Boston’s civic motto, suitable for use on all occasions (like the Patriots winning the Super Bowl). It strikes me as a pretty conspicuous demonstration of insecurity, frankly.

You know what really sucks? Lookit the other Standings column. It’s the Brooklyn freakin’ Bums. Proof positive that the “good old days” weren’t so good after all. (Dey always wuz bums an’ dey always will be.) (Yankees SUCK!)

I always thought this was the beginning of teaching children bigotry.

First, the “wrong” team is evil.

Then the “wrong” school is evil, because their teams play your teams.

From there is only a small step to “anyone different is wrong and/or evil.”

@JJS: Disagree. It *could* be, but at least, in the South, it isn’t. As a matter of fact, us Insects from the Institute have a phrase for it: Clean, Old-Fashioned Hate. E.g. If Uga, the Georgia Dawg, got loose, us Fuzzy Bees might collect him and hold him for some nominal ranson, but we would never mistreat the poor creature. That would be dishonorable. The culture of Southron gentlemen still has the tradition of respect between rival warriors.

And if you’ll notice in the vid, the Clean, Old-Fashioned Hate of the Yankees brings all sorts of Red Sox fans together, black and white, vendor and customer, parent and child.

But there’s a difference in “they suck” and “they’re evil”, and there’s a difference in “they suck because they cheer for the Yankees” and “they suck because they were born that way.”

Subtle? Yes. There? Also yes.

Total insecurity.
I live near Boston, travel there frequently and proudly proclaim my disdain for all Boston area teams whenever the opportunity permits.
Sox vs Yankees – come on. 7 measly World Series championships vs 26 over a bit more than a century: a 50/50 Superbowl record (by a team Boston won’t even take ownership of in name) vs NY Giants (75/25) AND to cap it off, Giants win in head-to-head. (Yeah, they’re really the Jersey Giants but when it comes to dissing Boston, that hardly matters.)
I won’t even start on the Bruins or Celtics BS…

What do you think my response is going to be? With a handle like mine, I could continue the much deserved chant, or ask ‘They’re talking about soccer, right?’

I’m a geek, but I know enough about sports. In this town, it’s pretty much a requirement for residency.

Reminds me of “The Mets are pond scum” in St. Louis back in the 1980’s. But less original.

Of course the BoSox had reason to hate the Mets back then, too. Nowadays, opponents LOVE the Mets.

Recommendation for parents bringing kids to Boston: put them in one of the “Yankees Stink” kiddie t-shirts. We did that with my four year old nephew. People kept waving, cheering, giving him thumbs up and high-fives. He actually got guys leaning down, asking if they could buy him a beer. The astonished look on his face was fantastic. “Noooooh!” Of course, he is one of those adorable, Howdy-Doody looking kids.

They sell them at Newbury Comics, FYI.

Heh. It’s not just in Boston. I live in North Central Connecticut where the fan line is pretty much split down the middle.

Last year at my daughter’s field day, I volunteered and wore my Red Sox jersey. As various age groups moved through my games station, half the kids would say, “Yankees suck!”, and proceed to offer the stranger high five. The other half would argue that it was the Red Sox who sucked and that the Yankees had more WS wins.

It was very hard for a life long Red Sox fan to keep my calm when faced with taunting from a five year old.

*The “stranger high five” is most commonly seen in public areas (specifically Fenway, or bars showing the game). When the Red Sox do something right (usually at the end of the game when all hope is lost), you are bombarded with usually drunk and sweaty hands from strangers signalling overjoyed relief. Sometimes they miss and sometimes, they throw pizza instead.

Yeah, it’s that intense. ;)

@Technoshaman; here here! While I hold a white hot loathing for the Alabama Crimson Tide, I don’t hate Alabamians… although I do feel better when they’re not around.

I was at Neyland when the Vols broke their 11 season losing streak to Alabama. Seeing a bunch of grown men tear down a goalpost, march it out of the stadium and toss it into the Tennessee River was an eye-opener to the joys of mayhem for this 12-year-old.

I don’t actually care about professional sports, or course the Cubs and White Sox are simply paid amateurs.

I’m for whoever the Yankee’s are playing and I have to take a grand nephew to a Yankee’s game in two weeks. Born a Yankee’s fan to his father’s consternation.

Jackie @ 29: Same deal here, but I don’t feel homesick for Boston. It’s actually a great deal of fun going to Yankee Stadium with a Red Sox Jersey on. That’s actually one of the best things about the rivalry…that no matter which stadium you go to, there are plenty of the enemy in attendance.

Oh, and Yankees Suck. (The Mets were OK until ’86, but they suck too now.)

@steve davidson – wow your picks are based on completely different arguments, with baseball somehow being completely opposite of basketball. Oh, and the Giants are in Jersey.

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